Signs Your Loved One Should Enter Drug Rehab

AddictionWhen your loved one is a drug addict or is abusing drugs, the toughest decision can be whether to ask him/her to enter drug rehab.

It can also be the best decision – for you and for your loved one.

Nobody knows your friend or family member better than you. But be sure you are methodical in your thinking.

Look for combinations of signs that your loved one may need to enter drug rehabilitation.

Drug Rehab Can Be the Hardest Decision

Talking to a loved one about entering rehab is always incredibly difficult. But so is watching him/her continue  with drug abuse problems.

Addiction has a great deal of control over the person abusing drugs and sometimes it takes the push of rehabilitation to actually see the problem.

Seek Professional Help

Professional advice is essential. A drug rehab professional must meet with the addict. You should have your own opinion and checklist, by all means, but combine them with professional consultation to ensure you see the entire picture and all the options.

Remember that a doctor cannot force your loved one to enter drug rehab. It requires consent from the addict.

Signs That Drug Rehab May Be Needed

Some addicts exhibit all the signs that they need to enter rehab, while others are skilled at hiding their addiction. Watch for combinations of signs.

  • Withdrawal. After the drug of addiction has worn off, withdrawal symptoms may include a combination of some of these: headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, tremors, aches and pains.
  • Moods fluctuating markedly. Watch for sudden unexplained outbursts of irritability, anger, anxiety and depression. Be sure this symptom is present alongside other drug addiction signs, because mood swings alone can be an indication of other disorders.
  • Big changes in energy and sleep patterns. From incredible manic energy without sleep to long periods of extreme lethargy, fatigue and extended sleeping.
  • Dishonesty, secretiveness and evasiveness. Addicts often lie about their drug taking and hide it. They may become unusually private, evasive or secretive.
  • Dramatic weight change. Some drugs ruin appetite while over-extending the metabolism, causing very rapid weight loss. Sometimes a person may eat continuously without gaining weight.
  • Sudden absenteeism from work, school or other obligations can be a sign of drug problems, but only when viewed in combination with several other signs. There may even be unexplained periods of time when the person cannot be contacted. Cover stories can often be evasive and not add up.
  • Losing interest in enjoyable activities. Suddenly fun things – hobbies, family gatherings, sports, exercise, etc – fall off the addict’s priority list.
  • Cash and valuable items may start disappearing. Addicts need money to buy more drugs and the addiction can mess with their sense of right and wrong. This becomes doubly worrying if an addict claims to be always short of cash.

Determining When to Take a Stand

If you have any concerns at all, talk to the experts. It is better to be safe than sorry.

When a loved one is being controlled by the problems listed here, he/she needs to enter drug rehab. Huge damage can be prevented by professional rehabilitation. It saves lives.

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